Gotta love those little birds that keep us informed about restaurant news.

Apparently a big effort is underway to bring Za Za Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Company to The Village at Hendrix. Za Za is a restaurant in the Heights in Little Rock serving giant salads, wood fired pizzas and homemade gelato. 

It is one-of-a-kind, so no Web site. However, you can read reviews online. I ate there once, and I thought it was a lot different from anything already in Conway, so that bodes well for the new addition. When it becomes officially official, I’m sure Hendrix will let us know.

Speaking of The Village at Hendrix, they are also trying to get a bookstore, I hear. Sorry, no information on what bookstore that might be.

You may also remember it was announced a while back that Panera Bread will open a store there next year.

Eat downtown

Vintage Kitchen, which recently began offering its services cooking pies and cakes for every occasion, will be open for lunch starting Monday. Debby Saddler, one of the owners, said the kitchen will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday offering things like pinto beans and cornbread, vegetable beef soup, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads and a special of the day. Monday’s special will be chicken and dumplings. And of course, there will be dessert. Vintage Kitchen is at 1022 Main St.


Several restaurants have closed recently. Mickie’s Blue Fish Grill and Western Sizzlin’ have closed, and the properties are for sale. Also, Annie’s closed some time ago.

Not closing

Due Amiche says they are not closing, contrary to a rumor going around. They closed for a few days to remodel their kitchen but have no plans to close the business, they say. 

Liquor licenses

Shorty Small’s has applied for its liquor license, as of Dec. 2. Las Palmas applied on Nov. 17, and Chili’s applied at the end of October. Decisions on these are still pending.

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